Massachusetts – Poisonous black widow spiders have now shown up in at least four bags of grapes in Massachusetts. It's alarming for consumers, but food producers stress it's a minuscule number compared to total number of grapes sold. They say the spiders' appearance is because growers are using less pesticides. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Montpelier, VT – A draft of an EPA proposal obtained by the Associated Press indicates the Bush administration plans to create a "cap-and-trade" system for mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. An emissions trading program for mercury has raised the ire of environmental groups nationwide, and especially here in the Northeast. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
New York, NY – Common Cause New York has put out its first report on political spending by Indian Point's parent - Entergy. And two Hudson Valley area politicians are the only ones on the list who returned the contributions. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Hudson, NY – The head of St. Lawrence Cement's proposed Greenport project in Columbia County is leaving. His successor is from within the company, and is already at work in his new role. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Albany, NY – State University of New York trustees approved the idea of annual tuition increases for the college system. But the idea of yearly, rather than periodic increases, is not palatable to everyone. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – In Massachusetts, teachers will be urged to renew their teaching licenses early this year. The state used to issue lifetime licenses but requirements have become more stringent under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – Plattsburgh State is hosting a display of a portion of the Aids Memorial Quilt. The Quilt will be on public view through Wednesday at the college. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at Monday's opening ceremony.
Boston, MA – A Massachusetts program that helps senior citizens and the disabled afford prescriptions will not hold an open enrollment period in January. That's the latest from the Health and Human Services Department. The state says it's a matter of simple economics, but some senior advocate groups say it could leave people without their drugs. More from our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.